Review: Phobocosm – Bringer of Drought

Posted: June 11, 2016 in Reviews
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Phobocosm - Bringer of Drought

Canadian death metallers Phobocosm hail from Montreal, and if you’re thinking ‘Canadian death metal’, you’re thinking Cryptopsy and Gorguts. You’re also thinking about some of the most inventive and ‘difficult’ death metal on the planet. Enter ‘Bringer of Drought’, a labyrinthine exercise in dissonant brutality. Out now on Dark Descent Records.

The opner ‘Engulfing Dust’ crawls upon you, like a miasmic smothering of death metal. An atmosphere loaded with prime Nile heaviness entwines an inexorable heaviness, like being caught in a mire with no escape. ‘Tidal Scourge’ feels like the flailing death of a drowning man, with the darkness of the deep looming to grab him. There’s a lot of this, almost Lovecraftian death metal around these days, music that devastates you with guttural heaviness and a maddening unease.

The earth shakingly heavy ‘Ordeal’ opens with one of my favourite riffs of the month, because it is so dense. But nothing compares to the world collapsing weight of closer ‘Fallen’, which writhes and thrashes like a beast among the stars; destructive waves radiating from its black core. The quieter moments even pulse with malevolence, and the guttural vocals feel like a voice from beyond.

‘Bringer of Drought’ is a magnificent achievement. In a world where death metal keeps evolving, changing like a chameleon from brutal to fast to slow and heavy, Phobocosm capture that essence perfectly; that feeling of brutality and fear that this kind of music used to induce. Bravo


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